Formerly called the Hokoji, it is known as Japan's first Buddhist temple. It was removed to this site from Asuka in 718. ... More
Formerly called the Hokoji, it is known as Japan's first Buddhist temple. It was removed to this site from Asuka in 718. One of Nara's seven great temples, Gango-ji was noted for its mandala which Priest Chiko painted, its roof tiles dating back to the Asuka era [645-710], as well as its national treasure, the main hall of the Gokuraku-bo, redone in 1244.
This temple is tucked away in a small alley, and is actually quite small nowadays, a shadow of its old self.
The old gentleman at the ticket booth is actually quite eager to tell you all the attractions here, and shows a model of the roof tiles dating from 1300 years ago. The exhibit hall shows many artifacts including a small pagoda housing 3 relics that was designated a national treasure.
The legacy of the Great Buddha and the Todai ji itself are reflections of Japan's admiration of the T'ang dynasty.
During the Nara era, the state used Buddhism to make a power statement. The Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsu den) ...
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